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COVID-19 Update Monday 12th April 2021

Further to the lifting of restrictions on Monday 12th April 2021 the NOA reserves and car parks remain open to visitors but hides remain closed. We are hoping to be able to open hides to visitors on Monday 17th May 2021 in line with expected changes to government restrictions, and will post further updates on this page prior to the changes commencing.
We continue to thank all our members and visitors for their patience, and for continuing to keep our staff and visitors safe.

Trial of Booking System for NWT Holme Dunes From Saturday 24th April

Owing to recent visitor numbers, NWT Holme Dunes Reserve is trialling a booking system for its Car Park. Until 6th September 2021 those members and visitors wishing to park in the NWT Car Park will need to book online for Weekends, Bank Holidays, or in School Holidays to ensure they can get a place. Booking is not necessary outside these times, and is not required for access to any other part of the reserve. Parking remains free for NWT members and blue badge holders.
This may affect many of our members, and we would like to clarify that NOA members do not need to book to use the NOA car park at any time between dawn and dusk. For NOA members who also belong to NWT and wish to visit both reserves, please park in the NOA car park if you do not wish to book in advance for the Holme Dunes Reserve Car Park.

Holme Bird Observatory Friday 7th February 2020

On the sea today 4 Eiders, a Red-throated Diver, and 5 Great Crested Grebes were counted. At least 3 Stonechats were seen and 2 Rock Pipits were at Thornham Harbour.

Norfolk News from RARE BIRD ALERT
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Norfolk Hooded Crow Winterton still north of Winterton Holmes this morning +Raven still
Norfolk possible Rough-legged Buzzard juv Holkham Freshmarsh at 1.50pm
Norfolk Caspian Gull 1w Sheringham still on beach below Two Lifeboats pub
Norfolk 30+Hawfinches Lynford Arboretum in paddocks at 11.41am
Norfolk Hooded Crow Wiveton at 10am tho mobile
Norfolk 2.Water Pipits Halvergate Marshes at High's Drainage Mill
Norfolk 5.Shorelarks still Holkham Bay 500yds east of Holkham Gap at roped-off area (50.Snow Buntings still on beach +4+Velvet Scoters) TF.896.458
Norfolk Great White Egret west of Norwich still at Bowthorpe at 9.55am
Norfolk no sign of Great Northern Diver y'day Blickling Hall on lake in a'noon
Norfolk Short-eared Owl Burnham Overy Marshes still
Norfolk Pale-bellied Brent Goose ad y'day Holkham Freshmarsh still by north end of Lady Anne's Drive with Dark-bellied Brent Geese